Mark Olsen Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% The Rental (2020) While the performances ensure that the movie is always watchable, the hesitant storytelling makes it far from compelling, a bad trip about a bummer vacation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
93% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) The most important thing is that it is genuinely great, a singular and moving glimpse of loneliness, community and finding the strength to face another day.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2020
92% The Outpost (2020) "The Outpost" may be intended as a tribute to the sacrifices of U.S. service members but by downplaying the ambivalence over what was actually accomplished, the movie feels like something of a hollow gesture.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
93% Yourself and Yours (2020) Fresh and enchanting, by turns delicate, romantic, mysterious, witty and crushing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
77% Tommaso (2020) The camera stays close to Dafoe for nearly every moment of the movie and he brings a compelling vibrancy to the screen.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
78% Judy & Punch (2020) The movie would like to see itself as a feminist allegory of abuse and systemic oppression, but it comes off as something far more scattered and unfocused.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
34% The Wrong Missy (2020) "The Wrong Missy" is a lightweight throwaway, the kind of movie it is difficult to suggest one actually choose to watch, but if your algorithm somehow lands on it provides a certain harmless diversion.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
55% Valley Girl (2020) The new "Valley Girl" never fully finds its own tune, making it less a spirited cover version interpretation and more an of an unconvincing karaoke imitation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
46% Arkansas (2020) [M]ost of all it is unexpectedly fun, drawing you through its world of not-very-good-at-this criminals, low-lifes and people who want little more than to just hang about with verve and panache. And that makes it a place worth visiting.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
87% The Infiltrators (2020) In our current moment, "The Infiltrators" shows people making the best of a bad situation and finding ways to move forward both as individuals and toward greater common goals.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
67% Extraction (2020) "Extraction" would be better if it just doubled down on being dumb.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
43% Endings, Beginnings (2020) "Endings, Beginnings" has some genuinely engaging moments somewhere in between its beginning and its ending, but too much gets lost in a saggy, shaggy middle.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
40% The Quarry (2020) There is something affecting about "The Quarry," even if it doesn't quite fully sustain its spare worldview, and despite the storytelling becoming increasingly cluttered by the end.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
100% War of the Arrows (Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon) (2011) "War of The Arrows" is part romantic drama, part family story and part historical action epic all underscored by a sweeping vision that is somehow both grand and grubby.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
36% 6 Underground (2019) After a strong start the movie steadily declines, one set piece after another, and there are many moments where the mind wanders and then asks: "Is this still going on?"‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) "Always Be My Maybe" is pleasant without being particularly powerful, appealing if not exactly transformative.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
64% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Thinking how different the world feels from even five years ago, let alone 25, the movie feels at a remove, not so much dated as just distanced, needlessly off on its own.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
44% Second Act (2018) The movie is all over the place and there is no attempt to weave it into a coherent whole - which is regrettable as scene for scene it often works.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
59% The House That Jack Built (2018) A provocative idea executed with a halfhearted commitment.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
55% The First Purge (2018) By delivering the story within the framework of genre cinema at its most trashy and garish, the filmmakers convey any message as a bit of rough pleasure amid the kicks and thrills of a movie.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
87% Okja (2017) With his latest work, Bong has created a heroine for our times, an indelible movie creature, a story that balances heart and head and a movie that engages with the boundaries of technology both on-screen and off.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
95% Solaris (1976) The film has a hypnotic pull, drawing the viewer deeper and deeper into its enigmatic adventure by crafting a world all its own.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
100% Stalker (1979) The film has a hypnotic pull, drawing the viewer deeper and deeper into its enigmatic adventure by crafting a world all its own.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
69% Free Fire (2017) "Free Fire" is not Wheatley's best film, but it is a rollicking good time and, more important, an inadvertent skeleton key to thinking about and understanding the rest of his films.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
No Score Yet Dog Lover's Symphony (2006) The film is so off on all fronts it becomes a chicken-egg conundrum trying to pinpoint specific problems -- as the stiff acting isn't aided by the overly expository dialogue, which in turn is driven by the functional plotting.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
35% Live By Night (2017) Neither elegantly concise nor an epic sprawl, but rather something just awkwardly misshapen.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
82% Sausage Party (2016) At a moment when news from our actual world so often seems a nightmare parody of itself ... there is sweet balm in seeing a bagel and a lavash overcome their differences to find mutual pleasure in one another.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
58% Bad Moms (2016) Like husbands who think that carrying in the groceries is really pitching in, Lucas and Moore have their hearts in the right place, but their efforts have little real insight or impact.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
83% The Family Fang (2016) It's heavy stuff, served with a light touch.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) "The Next Cut" manages to be entertaining and thoughtful, harmless fun but just serious enough not to seem frivolous.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
21% The Boss (2016) It is hard to think of a movie squandering the opportunity of a perfectly timed cultural moment quite like "The Boss."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) For all its ease, the film has a constant undercurrent of emotional truth.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) It is designed to be fun, efficient and accessible and delivers precisely and exactly on that and nothing more.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
31% Daddy's Home (2015) "Daddy's Home" is a movie just smart enough about being dumb.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
60% Sisters (2015) The movie settles for being a party comedy and little else.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
46% #Horror (2015) "#Horror" is a bit like someone who is genuinely scared of something but tries to laugh it off.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
61% Legend (2015) A tremendous effort by Hardy is let down by unfocused storytelling.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) The movie isn't some kind of disservice to the legacy of Charles Schulz, but it also feels unnecessary.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
63% Truth (2015) It is not hard to wonder if "Truth" the screenplay might have rang its bell a bit more clearly in the hands of another director, another set of eyes and hands to distill the material.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
81% The Assassin (2015) Combining Hou's patient, observant style with a historical martial arts tale, the film is a fascinating hybrid of craft, genre and story.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
60% The Intern (2015) A better, funnier and more considered movie than much of what passes for nonfranchise studio filmmaking, even as it shows a world almost exclusively white, straight and upmarket.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
92% Sicario (2015) Directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script by Taylor Sheridan, the film manages to somehow be sleek and sprawling, focused and cagey at the same time, often in the same scene.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
47% A Walk In The Woods (2015) One can't help but imagine what previously attached directors Barry Levinson or Richard Linklater might have done with this material, with their affinity for scenes of drifting talk and hanging out.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2015
38% We Are Your Friends (2015) The movie never quite decides if it wants to be a sensitive drama of self-actualization or a playful party movie and ultimately misses the mark on both counts.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
43% American Ultra (2015) It turns out to be a disappointingly underdeveloped film that its makers, chiefly director Nima Nourizadeh and writer Max Landis, must have thought could coast by on a cool but half-baked idea.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) It all winds up feeling hollow and even slightly oppressive, an enforced sense of fun jabbed within quotation marks. It aims for a silky lightness of touch but lands like a dropped slab of concrete.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
17% Pixels (2015) Some movies are so interminable that it seems they might never end, while others are assembled with such indifference that you are essentially left waiting for them to start. "Pixels" somehow manages both.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
47% Irrational Man (2015) In its own strange, deliberate way the film does wind up feeling surprising, fresh even, as Allen finds new ways to explore some of his most longstanding preoccupations.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
27% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Terminator Genisys" could be Exhibit A in why the current line of thinking in Hollywood regarding sequels/reboots/remakes often leads to terrible decisions and worse films.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
95% Spy (2015) "Spy" may not be a great movie, but it is great fun. And at times it will have you wondering if there's that much of a difference.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015